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Pemphigus Vulgaris: A Case-Based UpdateFULL TEXT
Nadia Ben Lagha, DDS, PhD
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In 75% to 80% of cases, PV lesions first appear in the oral cavity. Dentists are therefore in a unique position to recognize the oral manifestations of the disease, allowing early diagnosis and initiation of treatment.
The diagnosis is based on pathological examination and immunofluorescence testing. Systemic corticosteriods and steroid-sparing agents are the mainstays of treatment; topical corticosteroids may also be used to accelerate healing of persistent oral lesions. This article describes a 71-year-old woman with multiple chronic ulcers in the oral cavity, in whom PV was diagnosed 4 months after the symptoms first appeared. The article also reviews the current literature on diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
MeSH Key Words: case study; oral ulcer/etiology; pemphigus/drug therapy; pemphigus/immunologyReply to this article | View replies 
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